Links 1/7/13

Links for you. Science:

Rats cannot have been intermediate hosts for Yersinia pestis during medieval plague epidemics in Northern Europe
Why you can’t bank on living longer if you’re overweight
The Javan Rhino – And then there was one
Is Fat Good? Epidemiologists struggle to explain a study that challenges a core belief: Fat will kill you. (I almost never agree with Lord Saletan, but after I had read the paper–and before reading his post–I thought many of the same things)
That Is Not an Ear Infection: Why are doctors so quick to prescribe antibiotics to your (wailing) toddler?
Flawed Statistics Make Almost Everyone’s Brain “Abnormal”
‘Elf and Safety gone mad: According to an article in Nature, scientists can’t be trusted to look after themselves. But maybe the problem lies elsewhere

Other:

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish (must-read)
The case for plural “data”
The big issues in macroeconomics: the fiscal multiplier
Venezuelans Will Vote With Their Wallets
Lawyer Gives Up His Home to Homeless Family for a Year
The Endless Retreat of the Welfare State
3 Huge Myths About The Trillion Dollar Coin Plan To Save The Economy
Michael Hudson: America’s Deceptive 2012 Fiscal Cliff, Part IV– Why Financial and Tax Reform Should Go Together
Least stressful job of 2013: writing for Forbes
On How Forbes Online Was Taken Over By The Onion
Smartphones, Silly Users
‘Frontline’ raises questions about test-score tampering under Rhee
First up in entitlement reform: reform the words “entitlement reform”
Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment
Recovering from homelessness: Housing New York’s transient mentally ill

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